Signature and Emerging Areas

Northeast Sea Grant Consortium recognizes Redmond, Stancioff for outreach achievement

Two University of Maine employees recently received awards for outstanding outreach achievement from the Northeast Sea Grant Consortium. Sarah Redmond, recipient of the individual award, is an extension associate with a focus on wild and cultured sea vegetables. A co-investigator on multiple research grants, including a NOAA Sea Grant research project with Susan Brawley, a […]

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AP quotes Wells about toxin threatening crab industry

Mark Wells, an oceanography professor in the School of Marine Sciences at the University of Maine, was quoted in the Associated Press piece “Boats Sit Idle as Algae Threatens Dungeness Crab Season” about a massive bloom of microscopic algae in the Pacific Ocean. The bloom has produced a toxin — domoic acid — that’s harmful […]

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Nature cites grad student’s mass extinction research

University of Maine graduate student Andrew Galimberti is mentioned in several publications regarding his research on a mass extinction 359 million years ago. Prior to the extinction, the sea was filled with “creatures the size of school buses,” but for at least 40 million years after the massive die-off, the marine world was dominated by […]

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Mayewski to be presented with 2016 Hans Oeschger Medal

The European Geosciences Union is honoring Paul Mayewski for his achievements in ice research and climatic change. In April, the director of the Climate Change Institute at the University of Maine will receive a 2016 Hans Oeschger Medal in Vienna, Austria. The EGU Division on Climate: Past, Present & Future established the medal in recognition […]

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Ruleo Camacho

Ruleo Camacho: Promoting coral reef health

A graduate student at the University of Maine Darling Marine Center received a Young Investigator Award Honorable Mention at the 9th Florida State University Mote Symposium in October. Ruleo Camacho, who is a pursuing a dual master’s degree in marine biology and marine policy, presented his thesis research, “Antigua’s Community Based No-Take Reserves: Developing a […]

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Tyler Carrier

Tyler Carrier: Invertebrate investigator

After Tyler Carrier took a course focused on invertebrates — an animal that lacks a backbone — during his first-year at the University of Maine, he was hooked. Carrier graduated from UMaine in May 2015 with a B.S in marine sciences. His honors thesis explored the interactions between sea urchins and alexandrium — a species […]

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Algal Bloom

Climate change may increase blooming, but not the good kind

Marine scientists warn that the future may bring more harmful algal blooms (HABs) which could threaten wildlife and the economy, but that poor scientific understanding limits long-term forecasts. Understanding algal blooms and how they will impact society was the focus of a four-day workshop — comprised of 11 marine science researchers from around the world […]

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To protect ecosystems, Gill says start with largest inhabitants

The extinction of mammoths, ground sloths and other large plant-eaters thousands of years ago triggered shifts in global habitats and changes in ecosystems, says University of Maine paleoecologist Jacquelyn Gill. The assistant professor in the School of Biology and Ecology and the Climate Change Institute says fossils and other records from the deep past provide […]

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Learning from the past — behavior of the Antarctic Ice Sheet

Researchers at the University of Maine wanted to know how the Antarctic ice sheet reacts to climate change. To find out, they dove into the past to learn how the ice sheet behaved during the last glaciation, when the glacier achieved its greatest extent and what factors contributed to its ultimate retreat. In order to […]

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Ocean waves

Leslie reviews ecosystem-based ocean management approaches

The director of the University of Maine Darling Marine Center says ecosystem-based approaches to restore ocean health provide a flexible framework for marine management and allow scientists and stakeholders to move beyond reactive and piecemeal solutions. “Ecosystem-based management (EBM) accounts for the diverse connections between people and oceans and the trade-offs inherent in managing for […]

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